Nationalists China broke off diplomatic relations with Canada on Tuesday (13 October) following Ottawa's announcement that it was recognising the People's Republic of China.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: QUESTION: Mr. Ambassador, do you see the possibility of a stampede of other nations such as Italy and Belgium who are on the brink of possibly considering recognition of Peking, would they now consider it because of Canada's move?
ANSWER: No, I don't think so, because countries like Italy have been thinking of recognising Communist China, there is no doubt. I don't think that their attitude in the UN will be influenced by Canada's recognition. I don't believe there is a stampede in any case, because each country has its own attitude, I don't believe Belgium's policy is the same as Canada's policy.
QUESTION: 46 nations now recognise Peking Do you feel this will lessen your power in the UN?
ANSWER: Of course, one additional country to recognise Communist China means additional strength on their side. But we have more countries, you see, on our side. At the present we have 68 countries recognising us.
QUESTION: How important is the break between Ottawa and Taiwan with other countries which has recognised Peking in the past?
ANSWER: One significance, very important significance is that Canada's recognition has brought communists, China's communists that are Maoists legally to the North American continent. That is of very important significance.
QUESTION: How bad a day is this for Taiwan now that they are no longer recognised by Canada?
ANSWER: We are concerned because for any country to recognise communist China means additional support for the communist regime. In that sense we feel concerned.
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Background: Nationalists China broke off diplomatic relations with Canada on Tuesday (13 October) following Ottawa's announcement that it was recognising the People's Republic of China. Within hours of the Canadian announcement Taiwan's government offices in Ottawa and Vancouver were closed and the Taiwan Ambassador, Yu-chi Hsueh, had flown to New York.
Nationalist China has always threatened to break off diplomatic relations with any country which recognises the Peking government. A Statement issued by the Taiwan government said that Canada's recognition of Communist China was a "most unfriendly act".